Monday, June 12, 2017

Flag Day

Flag Day is a holiday I didn't even know existed until this year when I was doing some research on the American Flag. I learned a little about Flag Day and wanted to share some of the resources that I found with you. 

If you are interested in talking more about the American Flag with your students, check out these links below! 

Kids Fun Facts on the US Flag

**Use these QR codes to watch videos or read informational text about the American Flag. 

I {heart} America,
Hilary 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Screencast-O-Matic

I have a job where I have to send out tutorial videos for educational technology all the time. I do a lot of teacher training in staff meetings, but sometimes those 5 minutes just aren't enough to show the steps on using a tool or all that it can do.

This got me out looking for something that I could use in my room to record myself and my screen sharing more about the tools that I teach about. Cue Screencast-O-Matic. This FREE tool lets you record your screen for up to 15 minutes. I love to use it while I talk through a new tool with my teachers. It also highlights your cursor so they can easily follow along with what you are doing. All of my videos that I publish on my blog about tech tools are all recorded using this tool. 

Now there is also a paid level ($15/yr) on Screencast-O-Matic, but I have found the free version to work just fine for my needs. Here's a break down of the differences off their website. 



If you use it, let me know what you think! 

-Hilary 

Monday, June 5, 2017

June Newsletter

JUNE! JUNE! JUNE!

How many of you are on summer vacation!? This is my first official week and it has been wonderful! I wanted to reach out and share some of my summer or best selling resources that I thought you might be interested in as you plan for next year!

There are some great new Digital Resources that I have added to my store that are worth checking out! This digital resource is to use with Google Slides which will download as a PDF with a link to the Google Document. This resource includes interactive activities to complete in small groups, or individually, as well as a webquest to learn about the topics at hand.





If you are still in school for Father's Day, make sure to snatch up my Father's Day webquest. 

If you like to use webquests to teach about more holidays like Father's Day, then grab my bundle with resources for almost every holiday. It has over 100 pages of webquests with some fun bonus ones added! 

I also have a Seasons Webquest Bundle to teach students about seasons and how each is celebrated. Each webquest also includes some writing prompts to get students thinking and discussing the season. How fun to start of each season with facts about it, right? 

Check out my my Careers Webquest Bundle to have students explore all about jobs that they are interested in. 

Also check out my American Symbols Webquest that highlights songs, symbols, and buildings that are the pride of the USA. 


Enjoy your Summer & Relax a Bit,
Hilary @ Mrs. Tech


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Thursday, June 1, 2017

EPIC

Have you heard of EPIC? It's a fabulous site full of unlimited library books that is free for teachers. There are thousands of books available and all you have to do is create an account and put in your students names. Can you imagine how many more books they would have access to with a library like this??

Another great feature is that the books are available on our tablets. Online reading is definitely taking over (think Kindle!) and this is a fun way to introduce your students to reading digitally.

Seriously there are thousands of books to choose from and most of them even include AR and Lexile levels. How can that not make your heart skip a beat?!

If you are at all thinking about trying EPIC next year, watch this video for a sneak peak into what it looks like to be a part of EPIC.

If you try EPIC, let me know how you like it and share what your students favorite book is!

Happy Reading,
Hilary